World-leading travel publication Condé Nast asked its readers to rank the 30 best islands in the world outside of the US. This was broken up into Europe, Asia, South Pacific, North America etc and with 429,000 readers taking to vote, Mykonos has ranked the best island in Europe, followed by Crete and Paros.
According to the analysis of millions of search flights on leading global travel search site Skyscanner from the last three years, combined with qualitative research carried out by The Future Laboratory, Mykonos is tipped as one of 10 hotspots globally this year.
Mykonos was, is, and will be one of the most favorite cosmopolitan destinations in the world..
The island’s excellent infrastructure — bolstered by luxury accommodation, VIP Services, gastronomy, branded shopping, chic lounges and beach sports — has much to do with its pull. From simple bread & breakfasts to private villas and Luxury hotels like Cavo Tagoo, the island has the whole enchilada.
If you want to party hearty, Mykonos is still very much the place to come. Try Cavo Paradiso, the 3,000-capacity clifftop Club where DJs David Guetta, David Morales and Satoshi Tomiie (among many others) played last year. But if the idea of starting your evening at 3am fills you with an almost existential sense of gloom, as it does me, don’t worry. Be a hedonist over lunch, a long, rosé-fuelled feast that might start at, say, four in the afternoon and end at around 10 at night.
For such an experience, go to Nammos on Psarou beach – the Grecian answer to St Tropez’s Le Club 55 – where a meal can cost more than the villa you rented. Much more. Last summer a photo of a Lebanese party’s lunch bill at Nammos found its way onto social media: €59,000 (about £42,000), of which was for booze. Whichever restaurant you choose, the vibe is largely the same. Imperceptibly, the music gets louder and louder, and before you know it, someone in a crocheted tank top and bikini bottoms is up on a table throwing shapes, nimbly navigating the magnums of Cristal while you jiggle away with whoever you have just befriended. This year, though, Nammos has a rival in the form of Scorpios, a brand-new restaurant/beach club in Paraga named after Onassis’s island with Bedouin-style decor, an organic menu and swaying palm fronds.